Presentation by: Alexandra Unger
• King Lear was written by William Shakespear in
1605, between his plays Orthello and Macbeth.
The setting is based upon the eighth century.
• This play was based on a lawsuit that happened before King Lear was written. Three sisters tried to declare their father mentally insane so they all could take control of their fathers wealth.
• One main juxtaposition throughout the play that is well seen is the loyalty and betrayal throughout many of the characters.
• In this play, Loyalty is rare.
When trying to survive in a unstable political situation, many people focus on the bottom line,
‘Saving their own skins’
• Kent and Cordelia are the only characters in King Lear that show loyalty.
• As shown throughout King Lear, it celebrates the virtue of loyalty but also how it can be dangerous to others.
Loyalty is not appreciated
Showing loyalty means death in some cases
In all cases, it means suffering
• In this play,
Brothers betray brothers
Children betray fathers
• Goneril and Regan’s betrayal of Lear creates more power to them in
• Edmund, who betrays both Edgar and Gloucester, later joins the two.
• Shakespear’s King Lear suggest that betrayers will eventually turn on one another.
Goneril and Regan fall out after they both become attracted to Edmund.
Their jealousies of one another lead
To mutual destruction.
• This entire…